Hood River is home to one our favorite races – the Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half. Brian and Teresa ran in 2015 and loved the beauty and challenge of the race. That event runs on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and comes with some of the most spectacular views over the Columbia River that you will find.
If you head over for the Polar Express, we recommend packing some running clothes and, depending on how much time you have before or after the trip, take an out-and-back to the Mosier Twin Tunnels, about a 7.25 mile paved roundtrip jaunt from the parking lot on Old Columbia River Drive.
As a self-described beer lover, I would personally recommend checking out some of the amazing family-friendly breweries that Hood River has to offer:
- Full Sail
- Double Mountain
- Big Horse
- Logsdon Barrel House
A little bit further out-of-town (either to north into Washington or south up the mountains), you have:
- Foxtail Cider
- Everybody’s Brewing
- Solera Brewery
Now to the details to the experience itself:
Remaining 2015 Event Dates: Dec. 11-13, 16-23, 26-27
Departure Times: 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm (some days/times are already booked)
- Standard Class: Child-$35, Adult-$45, Adult w/ Lap Baby $45
- First Class: Child-$45, Adult-$55, Adult w/ Lap Baby-$66
- Diamond Class: Child-$55, Adult-$65, Adult w/ Lap Baby-$75
- December 26-27 will be less (by about $5-$10 per person)
Check out the differences in the seating arrangements here and make sure to book your tickets here ASAP! If they are full for the days selected (they fill fast), please note that 2016 tickets will be on sale THIS MONTH.
If you want to make it even more of an experience, they have hotel packages, which include:
- Standard seats aboard Mt. Hood Polar Express Train Ride (upgrades available)
- Hotel accommodations
- Pietro’s Pizza – Large 2 topping pizza, game tokens & pitcher of soda
- Steam Train Collectible Ornament
- Train station parking
I highly recommend checking out their Frequently Asked Questions section for much more detail
In addition to the Polar Express, the train keeps on rolling throughout the year with different events. So even if you can’t make it this holiday season, follow them on Facebook here for the latest information and head over for a day of trails and rails!
Stay tuned for a recap of our running and riding day next week. Hope to see you out there!